• Liberals Learn to Love Targeted Assassinations

    Though there are not many who remember, a few still speak of a mythical time, a moment shrouded in the mists of forgetfulness and the veil of legend.

    A time known as just four damn years ago, when progressives spoke of the civil rights abuses of the Bush administration as a stain on the Constitution and Barack Obama said we would "reject as false the choice between our safety and our ideals." Which a majority of his supporters have interpreted as rejecting the "false choice" between principle and undying allegiance to their party's leader

    The sharpest edges of President Obama's counterterrorism policy, including the use of drone aircraft to kill suspected terrorists abroad and keeping open the military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, have broad public support, including from the left wing of the Democratic Party…

    The poll shows that 53 percent of self-identified liberal Democrats — and 67 percent of moderate or conservative Democrats — support keeping Guantanamo Bay open, even though it emerged as a symbol of the post-Sept. 11 national security policies of George W. Bush, which many liberals bitterly opposed…

    Fully 77 percent of liberal Democrats endorse the use of drones, meaning that Obama is unlikely to suffer any political consequences as a result of his policy in this election year. Support for drone strikes against suspected terrorists stays high, dropping only somewhat when respondents are asked specifically about targeting American citizens living overseas, as was the case with Anwar al-Awlaki, the Yemeni American killed in September in a drone strike in northern Yemen.

    It's almost as if people who want to reverse the erosion of civil liberties need to do a better job of persuading their fellow Americans that the erosion of civil liberties isn't the best idea since a "separate airline just for terrorists," rather than fix all their disappointment on politicians who, quelle surprise, are responsive to public opinion. Otherwise, get set for more drone wars kinetic humanitarian interventions!

    Photo by Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images News/Getty Images

    Tags: Barack Obama, Democrats, Foreign Policy, Guantanamo Bay, Liberals, Polls, Terrorism


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